A North Carolina father allegedly shot and injured his 21-year-old son on Thanksgiving day after a reported argument concerning “NFL athletes kneeling during the national anthem,” KTLA reports, citing authorities.
A warrant obtained by WRAL said 41-year-old Jorge Luis Lamadrid Valencia was eating a Thanksgiving meal when a fight erupted between his two sons regarding the NFL controversy of taking a knee in order to raise awareness about police brutality, specifically involving minorities.
One of the suspect’s sons, Esteban Valencia, allegedly became combative during the argument, and “was asked to leave the home,” according to the news station. Instead of complying, Esteban apparently tried attacking his sibling.
According to the warrant, the father said he retrieved a firearm in order to try and get Esteban to leave the home, located on Fallsworth Drive in Cary, which is approximately eight miles outside of Raleigh.
Jorge then reportedly set his son’s belongings outside of the home, but told police that Esteban continued to be confrontational, apparently launching furniture and continuing to argue.
At some point during the altercation, a water bottle was purportedly slinged at the father’s head by Esteban, which led to the man pulling the trigger of his gun, hitting his son. The victim was subsequently treated at a medical facility for bullet wounds on his hand and leg, according to officials.
The father was taken into custody on charges of aggravated assault for his alleged role in the shooting.
[Feature photo: Jorge Luis Lamadrid Valencia, Wake County Bureau of Identification]